So, I happened to have listened to Tuesday morning’s discussion on Classic 105 by Maima Kageni and Mwalimu King’ang’i.
The main topic was the sharp contrast between the breed of women leaders Kenya has been blessed to have in the past, who fought for their place and earned it, and the new crop who have found themselves in the limelight thanks to Affirmative action that created the Women Rep positions.
In Kenya’s political history, the names of Prof Wangari Maathai, Charity Ngilu, Martha Karua, Lina Jebii Kilimo and others will always be remembered. Why?
Despite the obvious fact that they earned their positions in a male dominated political field that was unwelcoming to women and the controversies that come with politics, they stood for something and held high the dignity of women.
Also, they had a political maturity that inspired many of the current politicians to seek leadership.
When a Woman Representative reduces her politics to dwell on circumcision of other people and certain tribes and not any meaningful discussion,
When an elected woman leader takes to the podium to insult other women on having children, their families and husbands,
When women, who are often the victims of sexual attacks and should be at the forefront of speaking for sexual dignity, are the very first to use it as their arsenal for momentary applause,
When such happen and are let to continue as the accepted norm, we are letting affirmative action down and reversing on the gains made by pioneer women leaders in Kenya.
However, not all is lost and more women should not shy away from seeking elective positions because of the lack of agenda of some few.
The future is ours to shape, you and I.
Mentor & Educationist